According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2 Peter 1:3 (KJV)
The moment we gave our lives to Jesus, we have been given all things that pertain unto life and godliness. This means that anything and everything we could ever need during our life right here on earth, God has already made it available by His grace. We are being called to glory and virtue as we place all our faith, trust and reliance in the finished works of Jesus. When our faith is purely in what Jesus has already done for us, we will see the fruits of our salvation showing up as peace, wholeness, success and fulfillment in our day to day life.
And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
James 4:6 (NLT)
To truly receive the grace of God in Christ Jesus is an act of humility. We humble ourselves by removing ourselves from the center of our lives and making Jesus the center of our lives on a day by day and moment by moment basis. We look not to what we can do, have done, or have failed to do, but only to what Jesus has done. Self-effort always springs out of pride, whereas grace flows out of this total surrendering of our lives to the Lord Jesus. Today, let us look unto Jesus, relying upon His goodness and His mercy to transform us from the inside out.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 (KJV)
We must know the truth in order to be set free by it. And this is one of the most powerful statements of truth: God is using all things together for our good; the good and the bad, the seasons in which we find ourselves on the mountaintop as well as our times in the valley. God will use it all for good, if we will but accept it in our hearts by faith. And so let us live in a continual positive expectation of seeing God’s goodness in our lives. Regardless of where we find ourselves, let us declare, “Lord, I can’t wait to see the good You have in store for me today!”
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
Acts 20:32 (KJV)
Grace will always build us up, whereas religion tends to pull people down. While religion is all about what we must do in order to earn favor with God, grace is all about what Jesus has already done for us. Each day our practice therefore must be to remind ourselves, to confess, and to thank God that He has already made available anything we could ever need. As we remember our identity in Christ—that we have been made righteous and every whit whole in Him—we open ourselves to receiving the inheritance grace has already provided.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
We can put our faith in many things, yet the kind of faith that God is looking for, is total and complete trust, reliance and dependence upon Him. To diligently seek Jesus is to fellowship with Him daily, to be in His Word, and to have a sincere desire to live in the world as men and women after God’s own heart. We may rest assured that as we seek Him in this way, God will richly reward us with an even greater fulfillment in Him, and with the added things coming to us as well.
And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
Luke 18:27 (KJV)
Let us remember to never limit God based upon what seems possible through human efforts alone. We serve a God of miracles who can do what no one else can. And so when it comes to the areas of our lives in which we are waiting for breakthroughs, may we remember to never look merely at what we can do in our strength and ability. Let us look instead unto our God who can move the mountains, split the seas of adversity, and who will faithfully lead us into our promised land.
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Psalm 32:11 (KJV)
When we are in Christ, we have been made one hundred percent righteous in the eyes of God. When God sees us, He does not see the areas in which we fall short, but what He sees is His Son in us. And so the foundation from which we approach all things is our identity in Christ as a beloved child of the most high God. We never work for approval, but from approval; we need not try to win God’s favor, we already have it. Regardless of any circumstances or conditions, we may indeed rejoice and shout for joy, for we have already been made victorious.
“In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV)
Let us realize that we are right in this very moment living in God’s favor. As the Scripture says, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. And so may we go forth every day, reminded that God is looking to be good to us, confident that we will see the fruits of salvation showing up in our lives. The more expectant we are of seeing God’s goodness, the more are we opening the door for miracles and breakthroughs.
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (KJV)
To take hold of the newness of life that is available to us in Christ Jesus, we must let go of the old. Scripture tells us we are to not even consider the things of old, but instead focus on what God is looking to do right here and right now. Let us realize that we serve a God who wants to continuously take us down new roads and lead us into new rivers of His goodness. Our role is to lay hold of this by faith, and to then live each day expectant of seeing God’s goodness and grace in our lives.
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)
Whatever good work God has started in us, He will bring it to completion. And whatever dreams and promises God has placed in our heart, He will fulfill these as we remain faithful in following His will for our life. God’s primary will for us is that we continuously grow and mature in our walk with Him. And as we simply and humbly seek His grace every day to help us do so, we may be assured in our hearts that we will find favor, blessings and breakthroughs lined up along the journey.